Songwriting

Express Yourself

Our program addresses this craft on many levels from beginners to folks who have approached this art form for years. Our teachers are skilled, experienced, and full of inspiration.

Why bother writing songs?
Creative expression is good for you and good for the universe. Expressing yourself musically and searching for your truths and motivations makes you a more compassionate person and pours positive energy back into the universe.

New to songwriting? Songwriting: Fundamentals is a great place to start.

Jazz Theory for All Instruments

Intermediate

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Continuing Music Theory

Intermediate

Monday with Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Things are gonna get real interesting soon.

Songwriting: Fundamentals

Beginner

Tuesday with Anne-Marie Akin, Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Own the keys that will unlock the songs within you.

Songwriting: Continuing Work

Intermediate

Monday, Tuesday, Saturday or Sunday with Charles Kim, Steve Dawson or Deanna Devore

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Expand the range of your self-expression through songs.

Finish Your Damn Songs!

Intermediate

Tuesday with Steve Dawson

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Get motivated and achieve fruition.

Bringing Songs to Life: Inspiration

Intermediate

This class rotates with 2 other modules in this series. Participants are welcome to enter at any point in the series

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Bringing Songs to Life: Exploration

Intermediate

Thursday with Jenny Bienemann

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Explore the terrain of creativity both musically and lyrically

Bringing Songs to Life: Collaboration

Intermediate

This class rotates with 2 other modules in this series. Participants are welcome to enter at any point in the series

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Beginning Music Theory

Beginner

Monday with Cathy Norden

80 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Learn the fundamentals for any instrument or singer.

Songwriter's Circle with Daniel Connolly

WorkshopOpen to All

Friday with Daniel Connolly

110 minutes  ·  Once a week for 1 week  ·  $12 ($10 members)

Give and get feedback on original music.

Emcee Skool: Hip Hop Lyricism and Performance

Open to All

90 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $202 ($182 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.


8-week Session Prices

$288 for 30 minutes ($278 for members)

$416 for 45 minutes ($401 for members)

$536 for 60 minutes ($516 for members)


Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 10/28/2019 – 12/22/2019

Monday 09/23/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/07/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/09/19: Open registration

8-week lessons: 01/06/2020 – 03/01/2020

Monday 11/18/19: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 12/02/19: Transfer registration

Wednesday 12/04/19: Open registration


Teachers

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Liz Chidester »
Ukulele, Wiggleworms Program, Voice, Piano, Guitar, School Partnerships

Steve Dawson »
Guitar, Songwriting

Deanna Devore »
Guitar, Songwriting

Charles Kim »
Bass, Composition, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Shelley Miller »
Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele

Jacob Sweet »
Bass Guitar, Guitar, Songwriting, Ukulele